Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic Syndrome, or “The Lifestyle Disease”, is characterised by abdominal obesity and two other factors out of type two diabetes or insulin resistance, dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) and hypertension (high blood pressure).

Over 30% of the Australian population are diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome. It’s estimated that people with Metabolic Syndrome are twice as likely to suffer from vascular complications, coronary artery disease, retinopathy, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, sudden death or stroke.

To reduce the risk or severity of Metabolic Syndrome you need to increase your level of physical activity, improve your diet and lose weight. Ensure you are getting at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity (light sweat) exercise on most (at least five) days of the week. Try to reduce your intake of saturated (unhealthy) fats, salt and alcohol. Attempt to minimise stress and quit smoking. Exercising regularly and eating healthily will help you lose weight.